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Ravine Gardens State Park, Palatka

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Ravine Gardens State Park is a 59acre Florida State Park located in Palatka, Florida. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.The park was constructed by the Works Progress Administration, with cypress buildings, rock gardens and fieldstone terraces. Near the park entrance is The Court of States and a 64ft obelisk dedicated to Franklin D. Roosevelt.Recreational ActivitiesActivities include viewing the thousands of plants and shrubs, picnicking, jogging, hiking and biking. Amenities include interpretive exhibits, picnic areas, gardens, hiking trails, a 1.8mi paved perimeter loop road, and a parcours trail. Visitors can rent a large covered pavilion, auditorium, and meeting rooms.Special eventsThe park is part of the annual Florida Azalea Festival the first weekend in March, when the nearly 100,000 plants that the WPA planted decades ago bloom.HoursFlorida state parks are open between 8 a.m. and sundown every day of the year (including holidays).References and external links Ravine Gardens State Park at Florida State Parks Ravine State Gardens at Absolutely Florida Ravine State Gardens at Wildernet Putnam County listings at National Register of Historic Places
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  • The second time I came here was better than the first. I realized I missed another bridge and many more trails. So pretty and serene.  more »
  • I visited this park today and was pleasantly surprised. I walked through several paths and found some springs with water bubbling up from them. There are some trails to walk on but be cautious because...  more »
  • We just did the drive around the park, as this was not a planned stop & we were not prepared for walking. We did stop at many stops along the drive, to look down the ravine. There were many trails & b...  more »
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  • Such a great place! Went with a friend and we spent hours on the trails. Walking flats, incline, suspension bridges; stairs; etc. --just an all around relaxing or cardio walking experience. Saw lots of families along the trails, makes for a nice, safe feeling. Plus the park offers a tour, worth the $5 entry fee. I'll definitely return
  • Is a wonderfully maintained trail and so much more. Picnic area with picnic tables around a water feature. History and nature collide at Ravine Gardens. Interior trails are great for intermediate trail goers but not for individuals with wheels, like strollers. Not stroller friendly on the interior trails but the road around the entire park would be a solution for those with non walking children or family members.
  • We've visited almost every park near Jacksonville in the 2 years since we moved here. This is at the top of the list and worth the hour drive and $5 admission. There are so many trails to hike. The suspension bridge is awesome (and a little scary if you hate heights, as I do). Dogs are allowed and we spent 2 hours hiking all through the park. The spring wasn't particularly big, but interesting. You can drive (one-way) down the street that takes you through the entire park. We did that first (it's about 2 miles, I think), then we went back through to find a spot to pull over and hike. There are lots of places to have a picnic as well. It's surprising to see such a steep ravine in Florida. We'll definitely be back.
  • Didn't think this was going to be a good place to hike, however, with the trails actually going up, down and curving the way they do, it's like hiking a trail in the mountains, just not as steep. I enjoyed the scenery, the scents and the colors throughout my hike. I do not recommend driving the longer trail, walking it is just fine. There wasn't much wildlife to see and the lack of physical person at the entrance to pay the fee was a little annoying, because the instructions aren't very clear. Otherwise, go ahead and enjoy this beautiful, hidden and well maintained ravine of Florida. PS. wish they had maps to hand out.
  • The park exceeded my expectations, wonderful walking paths and scenery. Loved the landscaping and stonework. The civic Center was well maintained with a friendly staff, well worth a visit.